Based on William Shakespeare’s comedy of the same name, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA tells the story of lifelong friends Proteus and Valentine, who leave their rural hometown to experience life in urban Milan. Valentine falls in love with Sylvia, whose father has betrothed her against her will to the wealthy but undesirable Thurio, and plots to win her hand. Disregarding his loyalty to Valentine and his hometown sweetheart, Julia, Proteus also sets his sights on Sylvia. He plans to expose his friend’s intentions to her father, have Valentine banished from Milan, and claim her for himself.
Bachelor friends Valentine and Proteus compete for the loves of Silvia and then Julia before being paired with their rightful mates in Galt MacDermot, John Guare and Mel Shapiro’s musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy.
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Adapted by John Guare & Mel Shapiro
Lyrics by John Guare
Music by Galt MacDermot
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Presented on Broadway by the New York Shakespeare Festival,
produced by Joseph Papp
Original Broadway Production directed by Mel Shapiro
Orchestrations by Galt MacDermot and Harold Wheeler
Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.
The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
is presented by arrangement with
MusicScope & Stage Musicals Ltd. of New York
Instrumentation: 13 Parts
1 Bass (Electric and Upright)
1 Guitars I & II (Electric, Classical & Stage Guitar)
Drums: Trap Drum Set
Percussion: Conga Drum, Cabasa, Tambourine, Timpani, Cow Bell & Suspended Cymbal
1 Reed: Baritone Saxophone, Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Trumpets I & I
* Violins I & II (1 player doubles Mandolin and stage Marimba)
* String Quartet players should double on various percussion instruments ad libitum at the
discretion of the conductor.
Piano-Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s score sent with rehearsal material).
Thurio betrothed to Silvia
Speed servant/friend to Valentine
Valentine Gentleman of Verona, lover of Silvia
Proteus Gentleman of Verona, lover of Julia
Julia (Sebastian) lover of Proteus) Two Gentlemen
Lucetta (Caesario) servant/friend to Julia) of Verona
Launce servant/friend to Proteus
Antonio father of Proteus
Duke of Milan father of Silvia
Silvia, daughter of the Duke who’s hand is sought by Thurio, Eglamour,
Proteus & Valentine
Eglamour lover of Silvia whom the Duke sent to war
Crab Launce’s dog
Citizens of Verona & Milan
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre, December 1, 1971 and played for 614 performances starring Raul Julia, Clifton Davis, Jonelle Allen and Diana Davila.
2 Tony Awards for Book and Musical
7 Drama Desk Awards for Book, Choreography, Lyrics, Music, Costume Design, Director and Outstanding Performance.